Cell Phone Tower Accident Injury Lawyer: OSHA Violations that Impact Tower Climbers and Ground Crews
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is charged with overseeing worker safety matters in regard to cell phone tower construction, maintenance, and repair. Many industry observers maintain that OSHA has taken what fairly can be described as a lackadaisical approach to safety oversight. This contention is not made to unduly criticize the agency but to underscore the importance of obtaining legal assistance from a skilled, experienced cell phone tower accident lawyer in the event of an injury, including a fatal one. The Doan Law Firm has established a national cell phone tower accident lawyer hotline at (800) 349-0000 which operates 24 hours a day.
Development of Effective Cell Phone Tower Worker Safety Standards: An Exercise in Fits and Starts
Over the course of the past 20 years, cell phone towers have been constructed across the United States at an incredible rate. While the ability of people to communicate has been markedly enhanced, every year hundreds of workers are injured or killed in cell phone tower accidents.
Despite the Digital Age being upon us all for a couple of decades, OSHA only began the process of developing standardized safety practices for employers and workers in the cell phone tower construction, maintenance, and repair sectors in the spring of 2015. At that juncture in time, the agency started to gather input from a multitude of stakeholders as OSHA contemplated the prospect of developing comprehensive safety standards. These stakeholders include cell phone service companies and other enterprises that dominate the industry and are focused on their financial bottom lines, arguably and perhaps demonstrably above anything else.
In the grand scheme of things, cell phone tower workers are in a position today in which they must be especially vigilant when it comes to their safety and wellbeing. This extends to protecting their important legal rights and interests in an era when large enterprises in the industry, mammoth insurance companies, and even government regulators arguably are not sharply focused on worker safety.
While reports of safety violations can be made to OSHA, and oftentimes are, workers remain at risk. Because comprehensive standard safety standards are still percolating through the system and not well-established, regulation can be spotty at best and lacking in some instances.
5G Technology, Worker Safety, and Cell Phone Tower Accidents
5G is the moniker assigned to the latest generation of technology associated with broadband cellular networks. With the advent of 5G technology, the building and retrofitting of cell phone towers is acceleration. The increased pace was on top of a preexisting state of rapid, expansive activity as it related to cell phone tower construction, maintenance, and repair. With a notable uptick in activity surrounding construction and other activities, a marked increase in cell phone tower accidents is expected.
Without exception, the dangers cell phone tower workers face are extraordinary. Indeed, years ago the head of OSHA described cell phone workers as being in the most dangerous profession on the planet. While worker safety standards remain a murky issue, OSHA has tracked the most common types of cell phone tower accidents:
- Falls from towers, some being 500 feet high
- Electrical hazards and electrocution
- Falling objects
- Equipment failure
- Catastrophic tower collapse
- Improper training
- Inadequate safety gear and instruction
- Dangers associated with inclement weather
If you or a loved one have been injured in a cell phone tower accident, the legal team at The Doan Law Firm is here for you. A nationwide law firm, we’ve offices located across the country (much like cell phone towers themselves). By calling out firm at (800) 349-0000, we can schedule an initial consultation and case evaluation any time convenient for you at one of our 40 offices. In addition, we can arrange a virtual appointment online, if you prefer. There is no charge and no obligation for an initial consultation with a Doan Law Firm cell phone tower accident lawyer.
The Doan Law Firm makes an attorney fee promise to you. Our firm will never charge you an attorney fee unless we win for you. Our legal team is dedicated to fighting tirelessly for you or for a loved one who has been injured in a cell phone tower accident.
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